Sunday, October 23, 2005

In Defense of Marriage

For those of you who are living in other parts of the world (not in Texas, that is) or who just don't keep up with what is happening in the world today, Texas ballots on November 8th will include several proposed amendments to the state constitution. And one in particular has the attention of Christians across the state.

It always amazes me how many of the religious leaders in the black community join forces with the liberal political machine, especially when the majority of Christians (whether black, white or otherwise) share fairly conservative moral and social values. However, I am happy to say, many Texas churches are stepping up to the battle about this election's Proposition 2, which will legally define marriage as being solely between one man and one woman, preventing civil unions or other forms of homosexual marriage from taking place or being recognized in Texas.

For the third week in a row, our ministerial staff spoke from the pulpit about Prop 2 in this morning's service. And as they have put forth such good points to the congregation, I wanted to share from my notes right here:

1. Prop 2 is necessary. It takes the decision away from the courts, eliminating the situation encountered recently in Massachusetts when a group of judges required decided what the entire state should and would do. This is a decision that should be made by the citizens of Texas, not by a small group of activist judges. The role of the courts is to enforce the law, not to reinterpret or create the law.

In recent years, homosexual activists have been unable to change public opinion of same-sex marriage through debate and the democratic process, and so they have turned to using judges in state courts to redefine the well-established, traditional definition of marriage and create legal chaos across the nation. It is time to put the decision back in the hands of the people.

2. Prop 2 protects children. It is widely documented and accepted that children need the influence of a loving mother and father and a healthy, loving home environment in order to have the greatest chance of developing into a healthy, responsible adult. All too often we hear of young men in trouble with the law, or young women dropping out of school pregnant, and in so many cases one of the key reasons given for their trouble is the absence of a father in their home. And yet the socially liberals of society would have us believe that the break-up of the traditional family, and the introduction of same-sex couples as heads of households, would have no negative impact on the family. While Prop 2 would not eliminate the problems caused by absent fathers, it would avoid putting children in a home where they would have no chance at the stability offered by the traditional parental structure of one man, one woman.

Marriage is defined in the Bible. As stated in brochures by Texans for Marriage:
It is not difficult to find biblical references of the two sexes being made for each other and providing a unique fit. This fit produces life and propagates society. Gender is relevant. As Jesus Christ says in Matthew 19, "Haven't you read that in the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female'... For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife." Marriage unites the sexes in a relationship which can produce life and provide a stable environment where children can be raised with a mom and dad.
Failure to pass a state constitutional amendment defining marriage would leave this important decision in the hands of judges, probably end the movement for a Federal Marriage Amendment and ultimately put Texas families in the middle of a dangerous social experiment.

For more information on Proposition 2 and the One Man, One Woman issue, you can visit the Concerned Women for America website, or go to Texans for Marriage.

Please pray about this issue, and plan on voting FOR Proposition 2 in the November 8 election!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't you doing here exactly what you have accused Muslims of doing in your recent article on Sharia law? Muslims are trying to enforce their religious beliefs and morals on society in place of the laws of the community or state, and that is exactly what Christians are doing now with the marriage issue. Moral issues that were never meant to be a part of the American Constitution (ie, have never been and should not be decided by the government) are now being enforced or made into new laws by the Christian community, just because they do not approve of the lifestyles of another section of society. This is very much a case of the pot calling the kettle black, when the pot itself is burned almost beyond recognition!

10/24/2005 12:21 AM  

Blogger Songbird said...

Reg, I think one big difference is that with the Muslims trying to force their Islamic Sharia law on communities, it is usually something suported by a small minority, and it goes against longstanding traditions or laws. With the definition of marriage issue, the constitutional amendment and similar state laws actually SUPPORT what has been viewed since the founding of our nation as the true and legal definition of marriage.

10/24/2005 9:45 AM  

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